Social-Emotional Learning
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Social-Emotional Learning

At Lausanne, we believe the best educational environment makes learning challenging, engaging and meaningful for students. Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) builds a student's ability to understand and manage their emotions. It allows students to feel and show empathy for others, and establish and maintain supportive relationships. Students learn to make responsible decisions and set and achieve positive goals.

A child may speak three languages, have the ability to do higher-level math, and have a near-perfect ACT score.  However, if that child cannot regulate his or her emotions, that child will not reach full potential in school or in life. 

Lausanne facilitates SEL opportunities for all grade levels. Teaching students ways to regulate their emotions and cope with the stress of living in an accelerated culture is essential to student maturation. 

"As educators increasingly recognize the importance of social-emotional skills for academic success, many schools are adding mindfulness instruction to help reduce stress, improve students' focus and create a positive classroom environment." - U.S. News & World Report

SEL areas of focus

There are five main areas we focus on through SEL as identified by the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning

  • Self-Awareness - Understanding our strengths and limitations helps us develop a well-grounded sense of confidence and optimism. If a student develops the ability to understand their emotions, they can begin to see how emotions impact their thoughts and their influence on behavior. 
  • Self-Management - It's important for students to learn how to regulate their emotions, thoughts and behaviors in different situations. Students at Lausanne learn to manage stress and control impulses, including setting and working toward achieving personal and academic goals.
  • Social Awareness - With students from over 55 different countries, Lausanne is the perfect place for students to develop the ability to understand and empathize with others from diverse backgrounds and cultures. This helps build empathy and understanding with others.
  • Relationship Skills - Learning how to have positive social relationships and work with others is essential to developing into a healthy adult. At Lausanne, we help build these skills by helping students practice communicating clearly and listening actively. They learn to cooperate, resist inappropriate social pressure, negotiate conflict constructively, and seek and offer help when needed.
  • Responsible Decision-Making - Helping students develop the ability to make positive choices at school builds their ability to make responsible decisions on their own. To do this, they need to have realistic evaluations of the consequences of their actions and be cognizant of the well-being of self and others as they make decisions.

SEL videos can be found here. Video topics include:

  1. Teaching SEL to students (some tips, ideas, and/or content for ways in which to support the students we teach, coach, advise, etc.) 
  2. Teacher/Staff Self-Care (tips on how to take care of yourself during these trying times).
  3. SEL Tips for Parents (information for parents on strengthening EQ and SEL for their children).

A full list of SEL resources can also be found by clicking here.

Cultivating Focus, Resilience and Compassion at Lausanne


Lausanne has developed SEL programs for students across divisions that can be facilitated in-person and virtually that help students grow their social and emotional resiliency.
Lower School
  • Mindful Moments throughout the school day
  • Classroom guidance lessons
  • Community time activities 
Middle School
  • Daily Focus SEL every day before classes begin
  • Mindful Moments before every academic class facilitated by teachers and students
  • House System Activities to build character education through competition
Upper School
  • Weekly S.E.A.L. (Social Emotional Academic Leadership) Programming
  • Mental performance training offerings for varsity sports teams
  • Student-led SWAG (Student Wellness Advocacy Group)
  • Mental Toughness Clubs
  • SEL CAS Projects
Additionally, Lower School Counselor Angie Valadie, Middle School Counselor Amanda Pearson and Upper School Counselor Laura David are available if you have a question about your Lausanne student's emotional health, and continue to work with students one-on-one to help them process their emotions. Contact your division's counselor by email at any time.
Advisory Committee for Lausanne SEL Programs
The members of the advisory council are experts in their chosen fields who will be will be working with us to ensure these programs are supporting our students to the full extent. 
  • Dr. Danielle Jackson, Social Worker
  • Dr. Hugh Moore, Psychologist
  • Dr. Chanda Murphy, Psychologist and Owner of Mindful in Memphis
  • Dr. Patrice Reed, Pediatrician
  • Dr. Colby Taylor, Psychologist and professor at Christian Brothers University
  • Dr. Lucas Trautman, Psychiatrist